Washington D.C.
Nov 16, 2018
Nov 16, 2018
Full Time

Not required

Relocation expenses reimbursed No

  • One year probationary period required.
    Applicants must have a minimum of three (3) years of progressively responsible experience in the paralegal field.

    The position requires a detail-orientated self-starter with excellent organizational and planning skills. Candidates must have strong problem-solving skills and the ability to use LEXIS/NEXIS, WESTLAW, and PACER. Applicants must possess excellent oral and written communication skills and the ability to interact successfully with staff at all levels.

    Applicants must have demonstrated work experience related to the mandatory requirements listed below and must address the qualification requirements in an attached cover letter.
    • Knowledge of federal appeals court cases. Skill in conducting comprehensive searches of appeals court cases. Ability to extract and organize information from databases and to identify deficiencies.
    • Skill in the use of Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel and other software.
    • Skill in the use of legal databases, such as LEXIS/NEXIS and WESTLAW.
    • Proficiency in the use of PACER and its search functions.
    • Ability to communicate orally and in writing. Skill in maintaining effective working relationships with agency staff at all levels and outside contacts. Ability to develop training materials, reports, and summaries.
    • Skill in planning, organizing, setting priorities, and completing multiple tasks of varying complexity. Knowledge of file organization, maintenance and archiving guidelines.
    Preference will be given to applicants who have one or more of the following qualifications:
    • Outstanding academic credentials.
    • Knowledge of the federal criminal justice system and the federal sentencing guidelines.
    • Experience with federal criminal and sentencing policy issues.
    • Significant legal research, writing and editing experience.

    Applicants must have a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university or have a paralegal certificate from an accredited paralegal program.

    • This position is in the excepted service and does not carry the tenure rights of positions in the competitive Civil Service.
    • All information is subject to verification. Applicants are advised that false answers or omissions of information on application materials or inability to meet the following conditions may be grounds for non-selection, withdrawal of an offer of employment, or dismissal after being employed.
    • Selection for this position is contingent upon completion of OF-306, Declaration for Federal Employment during the pre-employment process and proof of U.S. citizenship or, for noncitizens, proof of authorization to work in the United States and proof of entitlement to receive compensation. Additional information on the employment of non-citizens can be found at: For a list of documents that may be used to provide proof of citizenship or authorization to work in the United States, please refer to
    • A background security investigation is required for all selectees. Appointment will be subject to a selectee's successful completion of a background security investigation and favorable adjudication. Failure to successfully meet these requirements may be grounds for appropriate personnel action. A background security reinvestigation or supplemental investigation may be required at a later time.
    • All new Commission employees must identify a financial institution for direct deposit of pay before appointment, mandated by the Federal Compensation Act.
    • All new Commission employees, those converted from a temporary appointment to a permanent appointment, and all rehired former Commission employees are required to serve a one year probationary period.The probationary period begins on the effective date of the employee's appointment, conversion, or rehire.
    • If appointed to a temporary position, management may have the discretion of converting the position to permanent depending upon funding and staffing allocation.

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    You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

    The Commission evaluates applicants through a structured interview. Applicants may also be screened for some jobs through a narrative/application review, and/or a preliminary telephone interview. Applicants who do not address the qualification requirements (mandatory and preferred) in his or her application materials as stated in the vacancy announcement are automatically disqualified from consideration and must re-apply before the closing date to be considered for employment.
    The Office of Human Resources:

    • Reviews the applicant's application to ensure the proper materials are submitted.
    • Ensures that the application addresses all of the qualification requirements (mandatory and preferred) as stated in the vacancy announcement.
    • Determines whether the applicant meets the qualification requirements for the particular position and notifies the applicant about the status of his or her application.

    Read more Security clearance Public Trust - Background Investigation

    Drug test required No

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